National President: Richard Rosa
Supervisory Federal Air Marshal (Retired)

Richard Rosa is from Brooklyn, NY.  He possesses an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies from Catonsville Community College. He has over 120 college credits on various subjects of interest, specifically, foreign languages.

He served in the U.S. Army for 8 years in various occupations:  Budget Clerk, Radiographic Technologists and Ultrasonographer. After being honorably discharged in the rank of Sergeant, he joined the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division from January 1991 – June 2002.  Rich worked in various assignments:  Patrol Officer, Surveillance Vehicle Driver, Special Operations Section (SOS) where he participated in numerous official events i.e. State Arrivals and Dinners, Bill Signing Ceremonies and other official and social events.  He provided White House tours in English, Spanish and Sign language.  Furthermore, he worked as a Dispatcher in the Joint Operation Center (JOC), Magnetometer Advance Coordinator for domestic and international Presidential Visits, Office of the Chief and Supervisor at the Foreign Missions Branch, earning the rank of Sergeant.  Rich served as an Adjunct Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Davis Monthan AFB located in Tucson, AZ and in Artesia, NM on behalf of the U.S. Secret Service.  He assisted with teaching the Law Enforcement Spanish Training Program (LESTP).  An intensive 10-day program designed to teach Spanish to law enforcement personnel from all levels of government focusing on Officer Safety and Culture.  As an Adjunct Instructor he introduced the concept of incorporating American Sign Language as a mnemonic to aid in the retention of the LESTP course.  This resulted in marked improvement of language retention while simultaneously learning very basic sign language.  During his tenure he earned the title of Master Instructor.

In the aftermath of September 11th Rich transferred to what is now the Federal Air Marshal Service serving from June 2002 until May 2017.  His 1st assignment was at the Washington Field Office where within a few months he became an Assistant Team Leader.  He was promoted to Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge (ATSAC) in September 2006 where he led and managed a squad of Air Marshals.  He transferred to the newly formed Baltimore Field Office in August 2010.  His assignments were numerous; From managing teams of Air Marshals, assigned as the Supervisory Federal Air Marshal for Admin overseeing civilian employees dealing with HR, discipline and OWCP issues.  He was the Program Manager for the Baltimore Field Office’s Critical Incident Response Program – a Peer Support Program he helped create and designed to help Federal Air Marshals, their families and TSA employees assigned to the Baltimore Washington International Airport dealing with work related, quality of life issues, suicides and line of duty deaths. He served in numerous collateral assignments while assigned in the field office. Rich retired as a Supervisory Federal Air Marshal in the Baltimore Field Office accumulating over 26 years law enforcement experience.

Rich is a member of several organizations including the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association; American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International); International Critical Incident Stress Foundation; and the Fraternal Order of the Police. He is currently on the National Executive Board of HAPCOA.

2018 National Board

NameFull Name
PresidentRichard Rosa, SFAM, Federal Air Marshal Service (retired)
Past National President from 2016- 2018Tina Nieto, Chief of Police, Marina Police Department
President EmeritusJohn Torres, Deputy Assistant Director, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (retired)
1nd Vice PresidentTeresa Ramon, Chief of Police, Judson Police Department
2nd Vice PresidentStephen Noguera, ASAC, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
3rd Vice PresidentJavier Salazar, Sheriff, Bexar County Sheriffs Office
4th Vice PresidentIvan Acosta, Supervisory Special Agent,NCIS
National TreasurerClarence (CJ) Jorif, SSA, US Secret Service (retired)
Sergeant-at-armsManny Ovalle, USSS Uniform Division (Retired)
National SecretaryRoger Lozano, Governor's Appointment, Texas Violent Gang Task Force
Parliamentarian/HistorianRolando Belmares, Chief of Police, Texas State Police, Board of Pharmacy
Director at LargeMary Ruiz
Executive DirectorAnthony Chapa, Assistant Director, US Secret Service (retired)
Event CoordinatorMary Cox, HAPCOA National Training Symposium and Exposition

Past Presidents

Tina Nieto 2016-2017
John Torres 2015-2016

Don Tijernia 2014-2015
Xavier Morales 2013-2014
Paul J. Chapa 2012-2013

Joaquin J. Herran 2011-2012
Tony Cox 2010-2011 
Hector Hernandez 2008-2010
James Pina 2007-2008
Ray Leyva 2006-2007
Frank Hernandez 2005-2006
Albert Najera 2004-2005
Elvin Crespo 2003-2004
Arthur R Parra Sr. 2002-2003
Sandalio Gonzalez 2001-2002
Ralph Lopez 2000-2001
Edwin Rios 1999-2000
Errol J. Chavez 1998-1999
Joe Delopez 1997-1998
Arturo Venegas 1995-1996
George A. Rodrigues 1993-1994
Wilfred Navarro 1991-1992
Eduardo Gonzalez 1989-1990
David S Gomez 1987- 1988
Abel S. Armas 1986-1987
Charles Gonzales 1981-1986
Alberto Atividad 1978-1980
Eusevio Hernandez 1973-1978